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Continued: Koivu is seeing plenty of playing time

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 17, 2007 - 12:48 AM

By the way, Boogaard's mother, Joanne, told him that Koivu's mother, Tuire, covered her eyes during the three fights Sunday.

"She hated them," Boogaard said, laughing.

Etc.

• Wild rookie forward James Sheppard entered Tuesday averaging only 8 minutes, 32 seconds a game, but Lemaire is subtly throwing him the confidence bone. With less than two minutes left Sunday against the Ducks, Lemaire threw Sheppard on the ice during a power play. "We had a power play, we were leading, things were OK, so I wanted to give him a little more pressure so he can start to feel it," Lemaire said.

• Petteri Nummelin, 34, will definitely be in the defensemen lineup rotation. "Nummelin, at the start of [last] season was one of our best defensemen," Lemaire said. "He got tired playing too much. That was a mistake we made. Playing in Europe, I don't know how much he played, but here, with the travel and he was playing 28 minutes, he ran out of gas."

• The start time to Sunday's game against Colorado at Xcel Energy Center has been moved from 5 to 6 p.m. Also, because of a conflict with Game 4 of the World Series, the Wild-Avalanche game in Denver on Oct. 28 has been moved to 2 p.m.

• After Tuesday's game, the Wild checked into a Los Angeles Airport hotel (its fifth hotel in five nights) for one final mother-son get-together. The Wild will fly back to Minnesota this morning before hitting the road again Friday for Saturday night's game at St. Louis.

Michael Russo • mrusso@startribune.com

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